Snoring is a common issue, particularly amongst middle-aged, overweight men. Obstructive sleep apnoea is also a common problem amongst the same group. Unfortunately it has complications which snoring does not. Snoring is one of the signs of OSA and it can be particularly loud. When it occurs it is due to the soft tissues of the upper airways closing up when the muscles relax in the airways. As the air squeezes past it causes the tissues to flap in the breeze; the sound of snoring.
In OSA the tissues may relax so much that they don't readily open up again and the person stops breathing briefly. Their oxygen level drops and their carbon dioxide level rises. Both of these can stimulate the person to wake up enough for breathing to resume when the soft tissues regain their tone.
Ear plugs are essential for partners of sufferers, otherwise chronic loss of sleep may occur. Custom ear plugs can protect against anxiety and depression from chronic sleep loss. ZenPlugs will be ideal for helping sleep because of their superb sound blocking abilities. They are brightly coloured, helping you find them on the bedroom carpet.
OSA can be bad for your health. It is imperative to seek the help of a medical practitioner for treatment before the disease takes hold. The side effects reduce your quality of life or your life span if you think you may have the problem. Your GP may arrange investigations and will prescribe treatment if the tests show that you have the condition.